Correcting a New York Times Writer’s Distorted History of the Second Amendment

What’s most misleading about [Nikole] Hannah-Jones’s distortion of the Second Amendment, however, is that the first gun-control laws were all racist in intent, meant to keep newly freed black Americans subjugated. “Black Codes” instituted after the Civil War made owning guns illegal for most blacks, and continued to put them at the mercy of racist governments. Arguments made during the debate over the 14th Amendment often specifically mentioned the right to bear arms.

What’s most ironic about Jones, who names herself after 19th-century civil-rights leader Ida B. Wells, is that the historic figure was a champion of the Second Amendment. She maintained that an important lesson of post–Civil War America, one that “every Afro American should ponder well,” was “that a Winchester rifle should have a place of honor in every black home, and it should be used for that protection which the law refuses to give.”

The Second Amendment certainly wasn’t a head scratcher for the real Ida B. Wells.

– David Harsanyi in The 1619 Distortion of the Second Amendment

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  1. avatar Dan W says:

    Everything that comes out of the media is a lie.

    1. avatar Debbie W. says:

      The tactic for the democRat Party and their media cohorts is to blame your opponent for what they are guilty of. The democRat Party and their media cohorts have been trying for many years to absolve the democRat Party of its long despicable racist history by concocting propaganda and schemes designed to hang the Racist Banner around the neck of the Party of Lincoln. Thanks to milquetoast Republicans who fear their own shadow and bad press they rolled over and played dead and did little to stop it.

      If Black Americans ever found out they’ve been played for suckers by the democRat Party it would be the demise of the Rat Party. If Black Americans want Justice then look no further than their very own democRat Party. The evidence is overwhelming. Like the democRat Party made historic tobacco companies own cancer the democRat Party owns the legacy of slavery, segregation, Jim Crow, the KKK, lynching, Eugenics, Gun Control and other race based atrocities. The democRat Party is clearly liable for Monetary Reparations payable to the victims or descendants of victims of democRat Party race based atrocities. As long as Black Americans remain on the democRat Party Plantation they remain stuck on stupid.

      Bottom line…A Black American belonging too the democRat Party makes as much sense as a Jew belonging to the nazi party.

      1. avatar LarryinTX says:

        Gives new meaning to “belongs to the Democrat Party”.

        1. avatar Southern Cross says:

          The Democrats also belong to the Chinese Communist Party. They have already bent the knee, and will take kowtowing to new depths should they gain the presidency.

      2. avatar Chris Mallory says:

        Debbie, you are such a good virtue signaler, maybe the savages will eat you last.

        1. avatar Debbie W. says:

          Unfortunately for you chris…You are good for nothing…now gfy

    2. avatar Garrison Hall says:

      What she’s actually doing is a pretty typical anti-White screed. It’s a simple process, really. You take a provocative idea, run it through the Black-politics filter—and out comes “Yet-another-example-of-racism-and-the-continued-oppression-of-Black-people”. Whole careers have been based on just this sort of thing.

      1. avatar TickTalk says:

        Come and see the violence inherent in the system! Help, help, I’m being repressed!

        1. avatar Rick the Bear says:

          Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha!

          You think that you’re king just because a watery tart hurled a scimitar at you?

        2. avatar Geoff "Guns. LOTS of guns..." PR says:

          Watery tarts?

          Wearing wet frocks clinging to their skin? 🙂

          (Coconut shells making clip-clop sounds…)

    3. avatar frank speak says:

      the2nd amendment was instituted to protect us all from greater threats than rebellious slaves…and in the early years of the country those threats were numerous and constant…and, as recent events have shown…they haven’t completely gone away………

  2. avatar GS650G says:

    David’s article was excellent and highlighted the absolute bias, prejudice and stupidity of Jones.

    1. avatar Mad Max says:

      …and the stupidity of the New York Times and it’s subscribers.

    2. avatar Geoff "Guns. LOTS of guns..." PR says:

      “David’s article was excellent and highlighted the absolute bias, prejudice and stupidity of Jones.”

      There’s nothing stupid about it, and you had better pay close attention to it.

      This is a deliberate re-writing of history, and the depth and breadth of it is *massive*. This is all about de-legitimatizing America as it is today, so they can create their totalitarian ‘utopia’.

      But to do that, they have to get rid of citizen ownership of firearms.

      Remember that book a few years back that TTAG reviewed that claimed the ‘Wild West’ never had a gun culture? That it was all fantasy fiction? People here laughed at that book, and I told you you had better pay attention to it, because you will see it in the future as ‘scholarly reference’ in a SCOTUS decision that guts the 2A.

      They are doing the groundwork now, and this is a part of it, people.

      “Repeat a lie often enough, and it becomes the truth…”

      1. avatar GS650G says:

        She was stupid because she attacked people with real credentials, exposing herself for what she is. the 1619 project started out with good intentions and morphed quickly into, as you point out, a historical rewrite.

        When peers hold their nose over your work it’s best to sulk away , not double down on bullshit.

        1. avatar Geoff "Guns. LOTS of guns..." PR says:

          The only problem is, the NYT has ‘credibility’.

          And the ‘1619 project’ is a part of it that meshes *perfectly*.

          “It’s in the NYT, it has to be true”, they will be saying…

        2. avatar Jbw says:

          The distortion and outright lies of her 1619 project are being used in public schools all over the country. Everything she says is a lie

      2. avatar Huntmaster says:

        The New York Times lost their credibility with Walter Duranty.

        1. avatar Ing says:

          *Should* have lost.

          Unfortunately, they continue on the same course unabated, with public credibility intact, for the same reason that Obama STILL has an amazingly scandal-free presidency. The Marxist progressive cabal looks after its own.

  3. avatar Mad Max says:

    They could have done a little homework or research:

    “To Keep and Bear Arms: The Origins of an Anglo-American Right” by Joyce Lee Malcolm

    The origins of the 2nd Amendment go back to well before any slavery in what is now the United States.

    1. avatar Geoff "Guns. LOTS of guns..." PR says:

      “They could have done a little homework or research:”

      They have zero interest in doing that, they have an agenda to push, and history to re-write.

      Don’t laugh at things like this, they are deadly serious in what they are doing…

      1. avatar frank speak says:

        no one is laughing at their attempt at “spin”….how long before it appears in textbooks?…..

    2. avatar Rusty Chains says:

      The Leftists in the US have to constantly try to re-write history since the facts they dispute shine the light of truth on how ugly the Leftist/Communist bunch act. They are Orwellian in nature and truly believe that some animals are more equal than others.

      1. avatar Geoff "Guns. LOTS of guns..." PR says:

        “They are Orwellian in nature and truly believe that some animals are more equal than others.”

        Preach it, Russ…

      2. avatar Dude says:

        The really sad part is that so many people failed to get the memo that the legacy media can no longer be trusted. They continue to churn out propaganda because it continues to work.

    3. avatar LarryinTX says:

      Max, weren’t the origins of 2A prior to Columbus? Like, before America was even discovered?

  4. avatar Shire-man says:

    It’s almost like all of these self proclaimed disenfranchised and oppressed peoples who ceaselessly cheer for the state, civilian disarmament, increased censorship and pull for the same plantation owners who fought integration, fought the CRA, disarmed them, redlined them and took up arms to retain ownership of them election after election are descendents of overseers trying to hold their privileged house position over their brethren in the fields.

    Why the hell else would they push so hard to remain subservient?

    I can’t fathom anyone not embracing every last drop of liberty available to them let alone actively campaigning to shut the faucet off.

    1. avatar Dan W says:

      If you can make more on welfare than you can im a meritocracy why would you want a meritocracy?

    2. avatar DrDKW says:

      It’s about how to use greed and fear to eventually nullify the Constitution, and bring about a racially equal return of slavery. So we can ALL be slaves!

  5. avatar MouseGun says:

    I’ve yet to meet a person with coolaid hair color that has a firm grasp on reality, so this doesn’t surprise me in the least.

    1. avatar Bortan says:

      You’ve met my grandkids?

  6. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    Don’t fret.
    Ida Know will just throw down the race card and everybody who said anything against her will get fired.

    1. avatar Geoff "Guns. LOTS of guns..." PR says:

      Bingo, Thomas.

      Shut the conversation down cold. That’s all a part of it…

    2. avatar Dude says:

      They’re fine with racism as long as it’s directed towards whites. Remember NYT Editorial Board member Sarah Jeong?

      In a since-deleted 2014 posting, Jeong wrote: “Oh man it’s kind of sick how much joy I get out of being cruel to old white men.”

      “Dumbass f–king white people marking up the internet with their opinions like dogs pissing on fire hydrants,” she wrote in another.

      Switch out white with black. Is it racist yet? It’s what we’ve come to expect from the loving, accepting Left.

      1. avatar Southern Cross says:

        In their minds the melanine impoverished majority have to be punished for their privilege and keeping the POC poor and illiterate.

        Any crime committed against a white is righteous social(ist) justice against their oppressors.

  7. avatar Jeff the Griz says:

    This 12 second video is all the black voters need to know about their precious Democrats.

    https://youtu.be/rtDMWMIFRos

  8. avatar Nanook says:

    What a joke the Pulitzer award has become… this statement should be under this red-haired, clown’s picture, every time it makes an appearance…

    1. avatar MouseGun says:

      Obama got the Nobel Peace Prize for being black. Awards like these are little more than a bunch of elitist pricks jerking each other off in an echo chamber once a year.

      1. avatar Serpent_Vision says:

        Probably comes in 2nd only to Aung San Suu Kyi for most killings authorized by a Nobel Peace laureate.

      2. avatar Geoff "Guns. LOTS of guns..." PR says:

        “Obama got the Nobel Peace Prize for being black.”

        Obama got the peace prize and then killed more *suspected* ‘terrorists’ with drone strikes than any other president to date.

        That’s the hypocrisy of the ‘Nobel Peace Prize’…

  9. avatar Chris T in KY says:

    There are people who are just stupid on purpose. There is simply to much information out there. And it’s easily accessed by anyone who cares to look.
    At this point I think these stories are purposefully written to mislead people. On their american birth right to Arms.

    Black socialists are doing the bidding of their white socialist masters.

    That’s right I said it.

    If you want to learn more just read, “Negroes and the gun, the black tradition of Arms” by Nicholas Johnson. 2014.

    1. avatar Dude says:

      “There is simply to much information out there. And it’s easily accessed by anyone who cares to look.”

      Part of their propaganda efforts includes constantly attacking the messenger of opposing viewpoints. They’ve been so successful at this, that people don’t even bother to look at other sources since they’ve been led to believe those sources can’t be trusted.

  10. avatar Drew says:

    The free States had strong gun rights written into their State constitutions at the time of the founding.

    XV. That the people have a right to bear arms for the defence of themselves and the State; and, as standing armies, in the time of peace, are dangerous to liberty, they ought not to be kept up; and that the military should be kept under strict subordination to, and governed by, the civil power.

    Vermont 1777
    https://avalon.law.yale.edu/18th_century/vt01.asp

  11. avatar Debbie W. says:

    Like I have been saying for many years…Gun Control is Rooted in Racism and Genocide. It is Gun Control Zealots who need to Justify Their Racist and Nazi Based Gun Control Agenda…or stfu.

  12. avatar former water walker says:

    My black wife of 31years(today!) doesnt believe any of this BS. As mentioned English common law(back to the Magna Carta) gave “right’s” to all men and women. Except those right’s came from GOD. This clown gal is an idiot…

  13. avatar Serpent_Vision says:

    From the right-wing gun lobbyists at The Root:

    https://www.theroot.com/2nd-amendment-passed-to-protect-slavery-no-1790894965

    1. avatar Dude says:

      Good find! There are some honest people on the Left.

      “…good public policy will not be helped by constructing a factually incorrect and misleading history of the Second Amendment that does not exist, writing about slave rebellions that never happened and totally misunderstanding the nature of the ratification of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.”

      1. avatar Geoff "Guns. LOTS of guns..." PR says:

        “Good find! There are some honest people on the Left.”

        WTF? Did you bother to read it?

        Here, I’ll help you –

        “No one in 1789 would have imagined that the amendment prohibited the national government from disarming free blacks in the territories or the District of Columbia. The amendment merely prevented the national government from destroying the state militias. But, since the amendment did not apply to the states, they were all free to regulate firearms ownership, as they did. The U.S. Supreme Court has misunderstood this, but that only shows that Justices Scalia and Thomas are not really interested in original intent.”

        Do you still like what he wrote?

        1. avatar Dude says:

          No Geoff I did not. I read the title, first paragraph and the last paragraph where it looked like he was just debunking Thom Hartmann. Thanks for setting the record straight.

      2. avatar frank speak says:

        never happened??????

    2. avatar Mr Lucky says:

      Mr. Finkelman’s argument against an individual right to keep an bear arms is a misreading of the text of the Second Amendment. At best the prevarications of a neo-con.

  14. avatar Green Mtn. Boy says:

    A perfect example of some Leftards not just drinking the kool aid but some would appear to be bathing in it.

  15. avatar BusyBeef says:

    Wow.

  16. avatar Mark N. says:

    The southern slavers did not need the 2A to keep their slaves in check. Slaves back then were property, and along with that designation, had no rights and no right to own firearms. Moreover, as property, the owners had the right to do with them as they pleased, up to an including killing them. (The only reason they tended not to do that was that slaves were not cheap.) Gun control laws were enacted after the slaves were freed and gained the right to own firearms–which of course the plantation owners could not tolerate.

    1. avatar rt66paul says:

      Not only the plantation owners, but the carpet baggers, the white residents of larger cities(in the north and south), and basically anyone who set out to take advantage of newly free men. Remember that many ex slaves(the men who were forced into hard labor) were arrested and charged with convenient crimes so the state could put them back into slavery.
      Republicans can’t take the high road here because they wanted to send the slaves to South America or to Africa, no matter that their families had been in America longer than most whites. Slavery was a secondary issue, since the cotton gin was invented, there were more slaves than were needed on plantations and the North did not want them working for competing industries in the South. The North wanted the South to stay agrarian.
      It is really impossible to judge people of 2 centuries ago by modern values. I am not saying the slavery was good, but many of the Union troops saw that the plantation slaves lives were just about as good as theirs were working in some industrial town.

      1. avatar frank speak says:

        bit of a stretch…the cotton gin was actually responsible for an expansion of slavery….

  17. avatar Ralph says:

    She is, no doubt, a highly decorated graduate of Clown College.

    It makes me sad to think that prior to emancipation, Southern slaves were worth more than the stated capital of all the banks in the South combined, and were probably more valuable than all the $2.00 per acre land they tilled. And now, many of their descendants, free and educated, are worthless.

  18. avatar This BS is to fool the 45deg syndrome crowd to stupid/lazy to learn history! says:

    This BS is to fool the 45deg syndrome crowd to stupid/lazy to learn history!

  19. avatar John Hull says:

    Hate to break the news to you guys, but the first gun control laws were put in place in New York City in the 1850s to keep poor European immigrants like the Irish and eastern Europeans from having the means to stand up to slum lords. Black were added into the mix later on, but the Sullivan laws predated that by nearly 20 years.

    1. avatar Debbie W. says:

      Hate to correct your nitpicking but Slavery in America predated Sullivan laws by much more than 20 years. Slaves/Chattel had no rights whatsoever and that included owning firearms. Comes without saying.

      1. avatar John Hull says:

        Pull your head out of your ass, lady. I wasn’t talking about slavery. I said gun control laws started with immigrant minorities prior to blacks being prohibited. Free blacks, not slaves. Or is that too bloody hard for you to figure out?

  20. avatar SpecialEd says:

    I can think of a much more famous clown that had hair they looked like hers, except he could hold an audience. Yep, I went there and I don’t care.

    But seriously, what a friggin idiot.

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